Fall

DIY Pumpkin Flower Arrangements

DIY Pumpkin Flower Arrangements

Friends, we are just fifteen days out from Thanksgiving! Totally blowing my mind. (For the record, this also means that in fourteen days our little girl will be celebrating her first birthday, but I’m going to continue to avoid that reality for a few more days.) I’m certainly not the first person to take a pumpkin and shove flowers inside, and you know I’m no stranger to turning fruit into a centerpiece, but I am so excited to share these …

Fizzy Spiked Pear Punch

Fizzy Spiked Pear Punch

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Now that Halloween has come and gone, I will admit that I am swiftly shifting into full-on holiday mode. My sister and brother in-law will be coming home from Florida in a few weeks for Thanksgiving and I am just so ready for all of those festive celebrations. Today I am back at it with my pals at Dr. Oetker Virtuoso Pizza (formerly …

Our Housewarming Party Menu

Our Housewarming Party Menu

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When we were planning our recent housewarming party, I was determined to come up with a couple of really killer appetizers to accompany the Dr. Oetker Virtuoso Pizza that was the star of our menu. With Virtuoso’s thin, crispy crust and fresh, flavorful toppings as my muse, I decided we’d serve up a big selection of pizzas paired with antipasto skewers and …

Pumpkin Ale Spiked Cider

Pumpkin Ale Spiked Cider

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You’ve probably heard me preach before about pitcher cocktail recipes being the best way to go for parties. It’s true! If you mix up a big pitcher of cocktails before your guests arrive, it frees you up to mingle instead of acting as bartender. I served up this pumpkin ale spiked cider at our housewarming party …

Our Cozy Fall Housewarming Party

Our Cozy Fall Housewarming Party

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Approximately a million years after closing on our house (or, you know, five months), we finally had a chance recently to host a sweet little housewarming party for a handful of good friends. We were thrilled to be able to team up with my good pals at Dr. Oetker Virtuoso (formerly Dr. Oetker Ristorante) to invite some of our best buds over for an …

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

I promised over the summer when I shared my grapefruit Moscow mule recipe that I was going hard on Moscow mules from basically now until eternity. I’m making good on my word today, with your new favorite drink of fall! An apple cider Moscow mule made with cinnamon sugar, fresh apple cider and ginger beer, of course. We’re officially at the point where we keep ginger beer stocked in the fridge at all times. Because you just never know. Maybe …

5 Festive Fall Parties

5 Festive Fall Parties

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Yesterday morning I started the day on the phone with my dad discussing Thanksgiving. Bob and I are hosting this year because, frankly, we couldn’t hear of any other options with it being our first holiday season in our new home. With my huge family and his family combined, we will be serving up dinner for nearly 30 parents, siblings, nieces and nephews so two months out the preparations begin. Should we have a ham in addition to turkey? (Answer: …

Cute + Cheeky Thanksgiving Printables

Cute + Cheeky Thanksgiving Printables

Ever a sucker for a great set of printables, today we’re talking about Thanksgiving! More to the point, we’re breaking it down with these super cute printables designed exclusively for you by the super talented Jamie of A Pair of Pears. Thank you cards decked out in turkeys? Yup, we got those. Labels perfect for sending guests home with leftovers? Yup, we got those, too! Or you could use them to label desserts or dishes on the buffet. Totally acceptable!

Clearly I’m biased, …

An Elegant Thanksgiving Table + Dessert Buffet

An Elegant Thanksgiving Table + Dessert Buffet

Sometimes it makes good sense to start the day with something super pretty. When it’s the week before Thanksgiving and that something happens to be in the form of a gorgeous Thanksgiving table and the yummiest looking dessert buffet you ever did see, well, then it’s even more appropriate. Today we’re talking about this beautiful Thanksgiving table styled by the ladies of Cacao Sweets & Treats. This elegant Thanksgiving spread was inspired by their amazing desserts, featuring a long organza table …

An Apple Farm Picnic

An Apple Farm Picnic

Here in Upstate New York our reputation for loving a good day at the apple farm pretty much precedes us and you can definitely count me among the masses who consider an annual trek to the orchard a requirement. Today I am seriously tickled (yes, I just said tickled) to share this really lovely apple farm picnic from the crazy talented Britt at Woven & Wed with you, featuring the prettiest photos from Rachabella Photography. Seriously, does this not make you want to …

10 Awesome Back to School Ideas

10 Awesome Back to School Ideas

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This morning we are packing up and heading out for our big annual camping trip. I honestly can’t even believe that we’re at this point in the summer already! With Labor Day being a bit late this year, our trip is actually a week later than usual, too, making this next week the last week of summer vacation in our neck of the woods. Last year I collected a whole bunch of fun back to school ideas to share with you, …

An Ode to Fall Baking

An Ode to Fall Baking

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As promised, I wanted to share a few more images from the pretty harvest feast that we all loved earlier in the week. All of these photos were captured in the kitchen, before dinner, amidst a flurry of flour and garden fresh veggies. Looking at these images I was reminded why I love cooking and baking, especially this time of year. For me there’s usually music playing in the background and I undoubtedly end up with flour in my hair. …